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Meet Simon Cardwell

Simon Cardwell

Simon Cardwell is an internationally published professional photographer based in Sydney, Australia. He is commissioned to shoot many commercial projects from feature film key art and portrait gallery photography, to objects and portrait photography for magazines – private collections and many special art projects and exhibitions.

Simon's specialty is to create unique visual solutions for campaigns and commercial projects. His work has been exhibited internationally and his clients include Vogue and Elle magazines, Warner Bros, Paramount Pictures and Sony Studios as well as the Sydney Dance Company and the Australian Ballet to name a few.

His awards include the Illustrators Award in 2012 and 2013. He was a finalist in the Josephine Ulirick and Win Schurbert Photography Award 2012, the Moran Prize in 2012 and the Haselhurst Art Prise – Works on Paper 2013 and has been collected by the Australian National Gallery and Western Australian Gallery.

Give us a quick rundown on your background? 

  • Fine Art Exhibitor / Commercial Photographer / Advertising Photographer / Director
  • Interests in Story Telling / Narrative - History of the Image i.e. meanings and interpretations

How did you get into the industry?

I answered a call out from a well known Australian Film Director and landed the stills job and DP’d a scene of the film, shot the poster  / stills etc etc.

What is the biggest difference in the industry since you were at university

Budget restrictions and social media explosion.

What do you do when you are not teaching

  • Commercial Photography / Advertising Photography
  • Fine Art Photography working on Exhibitions / Collaborations
  • Research for the above

What do you enjoy about teaching at Macleay?

  • Being able to express a history of knowledge on a subject I’m passionate about
  • Associated with a college that employs professionals that work in their field  

What subjects do you teach at Macleay

Digital Photography

What is the best advice you give your students

To think outside the box when it comes to image making - learn to be good within your chosen field - to push ideas - to be themselves.


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